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 Post subject: 1973 Datsun 240K (C110) Hardtop Group C Race Car
PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2015 5:36 pm 
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So this is the reason why I sold my old 1976 Kenmeri skyline.

This is the Datsun 240K GL (C110 Skyline) that started racing back in 1973 in the Australian Manufacturers Championship, under the FIA Group C Classification.

The car was campaigned by the Datsun Racing Team, after the car was recieved from Nissan.

This car is believed to be possibly the ONLY Datsun 240K to compete in Australia under the Group C rules in the 70's.

The vehicle has competed as such historic Australian racetracks such as Adelaide International Raceway (AIR), Surfers Paradise International Raceway (SPIR), Sandown Raceway, Phillip Island and Bathurst throughout its short Group C career. The vehicle stopped racing for a period of time in 1976.

She has spent a fair bit of time in storage, having last competed in anger in 2007. The vehicle is currently set up to compete in Tarmac Rallies such as Targa Tasmania.

At the moment the vehicle is being paint stripped to check condition of the chassis (as all early japanese cars have rust, as we know!) and then a repaint back into one of it's more iconic paint schemes.

Plans are then for the car to return to where she belongs, the race track. In what capacity/class of racing, will depend on how much further information I uncover/what my budget allows.

But to say I'm a little bit excited, is a massive UNDERSTATEMENT!!!!

Here are some photos.

This is probably the straighest, most rust free C110 I, and the guys doing the work, have ever seen!!!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Datsun 240K (C110) Hardtop Group C Race Car
PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2015 5:44 pm 
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Here are some photos from it's glory days or racing

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1973 KHGC110 Datsun 240K Skyline Hardtop (Kenmeri) Group C Race Car
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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Datsun 240K (C110) Hardtop Group C Race Car
PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2015 8:43 pm 
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Original Log Book photo showing the intial paint scheme from 1973.

The colours are a brown bonnet, white main body, on a orange lower section.

The top two photos in the previous post of mine are the paint job shown in the log book.

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Datsun 240K (C110) Hardtop Group C Race Car
PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 12:26 am 
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What a score congratulations! I think returning it to the original paint scheme would be a start and then possibly a more period interior. Widened steelies may also hint towards those early Group C days while giving the car a more menacing stance. Otherwise with all those cosmetic suggestions considered it might be a good candidate from Group N racing as opposed to tarmac rallies?

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Datsun 240K (C110) Hardtop Group C Race Car
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Wicked - as a junkie of historic Aussie race cars that is an epic acquisition - congrats! You should let Aussie muscle car mag know the story. Will be a valuable item as the v8 cars get even more expensive. Lots of updates please!


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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Datsun 240K (C110) Hardtop Group C Race Car
PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 2:53 am 
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Thanks guys. The historical significance is more for Aussies but it's still cool regardless.

My first goal is making sure what's left of her will survive. Hence back to bare metal to have rust fixed. Then I'll see what's going on and decide on a direction.
More old photos of paint jobs.

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One thing for sure, I don't do Tarmac rallies. She will be heading back to the circuit!

I'll get some photos of the car. Currently at the painters ....

...but I'll try keep everyone updated

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Datsun 240K (C110) Hardtop Group C Race Car
PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 4:02 am 
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WAUW...!! :P
What a stunning find! Well done on securing this historically significant piece of Datsun motorsport history. She's a real gem! :tu:
In my opinion, with a car like this you really have to respect history, and resurrect her back to a authentic presentation. That very first paintjob from the log-book is super cool and oh-so early 70's.
Best of luck with this beauty, and please do keep spoiling us with both pictures and stories... :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Datsun 240K (C110) Hardtop Group C Race Car
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Nice, worth the sacrifice !


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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Datsun 240K (C110) Hardtop Group C Race Car
PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 11:41 pm 
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Great news!
I watched a 240-K race at Mt Panorama in the 1974 Bathurst 500, the VERY wet one! Doug Whiteford/Stewart McLeod took it to a Class C win, only to be relegated to 2nd on protest some months later. Could this be the same car or is there evidence of a few racing at the time? I think I have some race programme info around if it's needed?
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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Datsun 240K (C110) Hardtop Group C Race Car
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8) Congrats on the purchase.

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Datsun 240K (C110) Hardtop Group C Race Car
PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 2:39 pm 
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Nice find, congratulations !

Any idea of the spec and/or bhp of the engine ?

Looking forward to seeing the new paint.

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Datsun 240K (C110) Hardtop Group C Race Car
PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 5:04 am 
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GT-R380 wrote:
Great news!
I watched a 240-K race at Mt Panorama in the 1974 Bathurst 500, the VERY wet one! Doug Whiteford/Stewart McLeod took it to a Class C win, only to be relegated to 2nd on protest some months later. Could this be the same car or is there evidence of a few racing at the time? I think I have some race programme info around if it's needed?
Cheers
Jim.


Stewart McLEOD drove this car for the majority of the events he contested in 1974. I do know this car has also run at Bathurst. Need to clarify with Datsun Racing Team people the exact circumstances but the 1974 Bathurst 240K may be my car or may be a one off race specific chassis (more research required/happening)

As to the original colour I despise orange and brown in general, let alone on cars, or the SAME car!!! Yes it's the scheme from the log book, but I have to live with, and love her. Might be a deal breaker :twisted:

I'm going with a more iconic blue/white/red colours of the datsun racing team that the car wore in 1974/75 (aka the McLeod/Whitford and George/Gill 240Ks).

I'm starting to get information flowing in which is awesome, and I've been out to see the painter too. He's not mucking about!

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And looking through my garage at what came with my other 240Ks i've owned (This is number 4) Lo and behold I have a set of original, early import TOPY steel rims from my sedan which look spot on!!

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I'll clean these up and use them as show tyres. For full on racing I'll stick to the alloys for the short term.

I'm sure you can appreciate it takes a lot of time and patience trying to piece together events from over 40 years ago. And some leads Ive worked on reveal that mechanics/drivers are sadly no longer with us and valuable information is gone for good.

I've got a good start so I'll need all the luck I can get/steal/beg/borrow but I'm not one to pass up a challenge!

Oh and thanks for the support. Still pinching myself :D :D :D

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Datsun 240K (C110) Hardtop Group C Race Car
PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 5:11 am 
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DmK66 wrote:
Nice find, congratulations !

Any idea of the spec and/or bhp of the engine ?

Looking forward to seeing the new paint.

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Engine is still logbooked at 2.4L but I'd bet some shenanigans have been going on in that engine. Once she's back it'll be onto a dyno for a carby tune and check figures.

The petrol stinks so needs to be drained, and she's running on a little bit. Need to address that.

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Datsun 240K (C110) Hardtop Group C Race Car
PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:42 am 
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Needs a tune :twisted:

http://youtu.be/90ZTeOW84Fw

And power steering (joking!!!!)

http://youtu.be/KYyqVYDGXvs

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Datsun 240K (C110) Hardtop Group C Race Car
PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 3:15 pm 
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I contacted a few photographers about pictures. David BLANCH from the Autopics website came through!!!

I sent David a copy of the log book entries and he went searching through the archives and found some gold. Now to BUY the prints!!!!

These photos are from Phillip Island, Sandown and Calder Park as far as i know. The years vary from 73-75

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No updates from the painters yet. I'm heading there next week to discuss colour matching to original factory paint cards.

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Datsun 240K (C110) Hardtop Group C Race Car
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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Datsun 240K (C110) Hardtop Group C Race Car
PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2015 7:55 pm 
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Love those period action pics...! 8)

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Datsun 240K (C110) Hardtop Group C Race Car
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Don't write off the orange and brown combo - will look period and better than you seem to believe.......

Red and blue on Nissans is common......good but still common......

My vote is for orange and brown! Also follows the crease line which is a win. Red and blue version doesn't accentuate this fabulous design element.....


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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Datsun 240K (C110) Hardtop Group C Race Car
PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2015 8:30 pm 
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Nustad wrote:
Don't write off the orange and brown combo - will look period and better than you seem to believe.......

Red and blue on Nissans is common......good but still common......

My vote is for orange and brown! Also follows the crease line which is a win. Red and blue version doesn't accentuate this fabulous design element.....


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Everything he said... :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: 1973 Datsun 240K (C110) Hardtop Group C Race Car
PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2015 7:06 am 
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Nustad wrote:
Don't write off the orange and brown combo - will look period and better than you seem to believe.......

Red and blue on Nissans is common......good but still common......

My vote is for orange and brown! Also follows the crease line which is a win. Red and blue version doesn't accentuate this fabulous design element.....


I won't disagree with you on that ...

... But years ago I fell in love with the blue / white / red paint scheme. I didn't even know they were the SAME care till I bought it!!!

The brown / white / orange was only 1973. She changed at the start of 1974 and stayed that way until finishing Group C in 1976


You never know though, I won't say I won't ever run her in her first paint scheme!

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